Senate experiences rainstorm

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri capitol was under the attack of a “heavy rainstorm” April 20.

The Senate reconvened at 3 p.m. with Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell (D) serving as speaker.

Disagreements on the appropriation of $8 million in additional money from gambling and whether to put it into the education budget were partially to blame for the late session.

Sen. Ken Jacob (D-Columbia) and Sen. Wayne Goode (D-St. Louis) took turns introducing substitute amendments to House Bill 1002 that dealt with the education budget.

Sen. John Russell (R-Lebanon) reminded Jacob that according to the Missouri Senate rules, if he continued to delay the Senate, his district could face consequences.

“You can jerk whatever you want around, but don’t you threaten me,” Jacob said. “Don’t threaten to jerk me around. I don’t get jerked around. Do you want to get jerked around?”

“I’m not suggesting that I know everything, but I believe we need to get the budget done,” Russell said.

“When some institution in my district is threatened,” Jacob said, “I will speak out for it.”

Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder(R-Cape Girardeau) spoke out to Jacob.

“How dare you have such disrespect for Sen. Russell,” Kinder said. “How dare you have such disrespect for the Senate and the job at hand.”

The Democrats in the Senate continued to filibuster House Bill 1002 relating to the education budget until midnight.

Media agencies covering the budget debate were unable to report on the Senate events because of deadlines.

If the filibusters continue in the Senate, House Bill 1304 may not be heard until after April 23.

Sponsored by Rep. Richard Byrd (R-Kirkwood), the tort reform bill makes changes to the laws affecting claims for damages and the payment thereof.

If the bill is heard after April 23, Gov. Bob Holden would not be required to act on the bill in 15 days.

The governor could wait until August to decide on the bill.

With election clouds looming in the air, no one knows what will happen in the Senate.